Posts in Health
Re-Balance

A year ago I wrote a post called Balance. In it I offered productive solutions to care for mind, body, and soul. During this last year, I've attempted to follow my own recommendations. I’ve been incorporating yoga into my exercise, practicing meditation, and trying to sort out which social engagements I should pursue.

And during this last year I've been failing miserably.

Failing miserably - and learning how to truly re-balance my life. Because, you see, my life is so wonderfully full I don't have time to do all of the things I want to do. So today, rather than add more to your balance, today I'm going to ask you to take something away.

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The Thankful Game

At a conference I attended this summer, a keynote speaker gave a talk about thankfulness. She referred to a study which found people who meditate on five specific things per day they are grateful for are 25% happier. I'm not exactly sure how happiness is measured (although it's explained in the full text), but I can tell you from personal experience that focusing on the good happening around me rather than the negative changes my perspective.

So I came home from the conference and excitedly told Patrick about this new piece of information I learned and thus was born The Thankful Game.

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Vignettes of Community

Where I sit typing in this busy coffee shop I watch lives briefly intersect. Coming, going, coming; humans are social creatures, but sometimes we can be so isolated. The more people I encounter the more evident it becomes that people need people.

I am a product of my community. I have been either incredibly lucky or incredibly blessed to know the people I do.

Let me share a little how my community has touched me.

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I Just PR'd a Little

Today (for the second time in my life) I did something I never-ever-ever thought I could do. Today I ran my second half marathon.

Today I want to talk empowerment.

The idea of empowerment can be scary. We hear all the time how we should empower women or empower those in poverty to better themselves.

But you know what? I don't think it's just women. Or adolescents. Or low-socioeconomic status folks. Or people with anxiety. I think it's everybody. I think we all struggle with believing we can be (and pursuing) the best we can be.

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"Off" Days

By nature, I'm a pretty happy person. I feel really lucky for that. I don't know if it's the wiring of my brain, how I've worked to train myself to see the good in all situations, or my special set of hormones that makes me who I am, but I'm thankful that most days I am genuinely happy.

But to be very honest, I have bad days, too.

I am guessing that I'm not alone, that sometimes you have "off" days, too. I don't have this figured out by any stretch of the imagination, but I want to share with you how I handle these days. They're inevitable. Sometimes it's stress, sometimes it's a life event that triggers them. They will pass, but they will be back, too.

Here's what I do...

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Balance

I don't know if you know this, but 2017 is my year.

I'm going places this year. I'm meeting new people. I'm taking chances with my career. I'm seizing opportunities as they place themselves in front of me.

One of the things I'm pursuing this year is balance. I am a self-proclaimed work-a-holic (I blame my childhood; see: Sweet Corn Season post) and I'm not very good at rest (see: Rest post) even when I say I am.

I've been reflecting more on this aspect of life recently - my own challenges and how I'm working towards a healthier life this year.

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Rain or Shine

Well, I did it. I'm officially a finisher of the Colorado Half Marathon. What can I say about it? It was fun(?) It was hard. And really cold.

For a May 1st race, I expected to be wearing a tank top and shorts. Mother Nature had other ideas.

We ran the race as if living in the old Window's screensaver, with snow falling on us the duration of the 13.1 miles. It was cold while we were waiting for the start, then glorious as we warmed up, then absolutely frigid once we cooled off and the wet weather chilled us to the core.

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#runhappy

I've been learning a lot about myself and about life this year. Training for the half marathon (my New Year's Resolution, in case you hadn't heard) has been a big part of this journey.

Training for a half = many miles of running. Which actually equals many hours of running. That's right: hours. Honestly, I never thought I would say the words running and hours in the same sentence. What has become of me?

I thought I would take the beginning of this new month to share with you a few of the lessons that I've learned this year.

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